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Ministry of Energy to launch e-govt online mineral licensing system

Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Irene Muloni. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development is set to launch an online mineral application and licensing system on August 30.

According to the ministry, it will not receive any mineral right application on the counter from the public.

“Through the online system, clients will now be able to submit applications online, undertake all other statutory business processes online and view the status of their application in real-time,” reads a statement in part.

The online mineral licensing system is expected to improve transparency and increase accessibility to information, boost productivity and eliminate bureaucracy.

Adding that it is aimed at “Reducing on the time taken to process applications for mineral rights, significantly enhance government revenue collection potential and minimize noncompliance in the sector.”

The ministry further called upon Mineral Rights Holders/Agents to clear all outstanding annual mineral rents, royalty arrears as well as submit in their quarterly and annual reports August 30 2019.

“Failure to do so, the online system will automatically delete the holders’ license or application from the mining Cadastre and Registry System and the license holder/agents will face prosecution in accordance with section 105 of the Mining Act, 2003 without any further notice,” the ministry warned.

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